The Recreation and Parks Department seeks to enrich the quality of life for the citizens of Hopewell by offering safe, accessible park facilities and a diverse recreational and activities program. The department’s goal is to provide residents with the opportunity to develop new skills, create new interests, learn and teach new hobbies that will enhance and expand citizens’ physical, mental, and social development.
Through capital improvement, projects and on-going maintenance of our nation’s resources, the Recreation and Parks Department manages some of the most action-packed events and facilities in the City.
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Building a Movement for Playability in Cities:
KaBOOM! Announces 212 “Playful City USA” Communities for 2014
Communities Recognized for Prioritizing Play as a Way to Make Cities Attractive to Families
Hopewell, Virginia/Washington, D.C.] – Playability, the extent to which a city makes it easy for kids to get balanced and active play, is a new movement taking shape in communities across America fostered by national non-profit KaBOOM! in partnership with the Humana Foundation and led by 212 American cities who are making families a priority. As cities compete for businesses and residents, they are implementing creative, playful programs and working together in new ways to improve their residents’ quality of life with measureable benefits and outcomes.
212 cities and towns across the United States are the first to raise their hands to say that making play part of the solution that can move the needle on countless urban challenges. These communities that are leading by extraordinary example were announced on May 13th as 2014 Playful City USA honorees.
THE CITY OF HOPEWELL, VA was honored as a 2014 Playful City USA designation for the 3rd time. The City of Hopewell through the Recreation and Parks and staff continue to do a great job in maintaining all of the park sites! Also we have had help from other departments such as Public Works and Police who just recently made improvements to a park entrance and are working to add handicap parking and walkway to a new piece of play equipment soon to open at City Point. The all-inclusive playground area was supported by KaBoom and the Hopewell – Prince George Civitan Club. The City of Hopewell continues to provide funding through capital dollars to make improvements to the 24 facilities under the umbrella of Recreation and Parks. The department developed a master plan where the community helped to rank park sites. From that plan we have targeted about 4 park sites each year to make improvements.
Jo Turek, department director said, “We are most fortunate to have a City Council, City Manager, and community that support play in Hopewell. The efforts of several committees, 501c3 organizations, John Randolph Foundation, and businesses, who have adopted a park, provide manpower to make improvements at our parks or actual dollars given are a great asset to our small community.”
These Playful City USA communities are making a commitment to transform their communities to become more playable by developing unique local action plans to increase the quantity and quality of play in their community. Benefits of obtaining Playful City USA designation include the opportunity to apply for grants and playground builds offered by KaBOOM! that support targeted policies, programs, and infrastructure for the communities being recognized; increased stature and competitive advantage for state and national grant opportunities; and the chance to apply to attend this year’s 2014 Playful City USA Leaders’ Summit in Chicago as leaders in the burgeoning Playability Movement.
To see the full list of the 212 communities named 2014 Playful City USA honorees, or for more information on the Playful City USA program, visit www.playfulcityusa.org.